YMMV: Battleship

The board game:

  • Goddamn Bats: The 2-peg PT boat is this. Its small profile allows a lucky player to turn around the entire game even if they're at a disadvantage. Conversely, managing to sink the thing early on makes winning a whole lot easier.
  • Memetic Mutation: "You sank my battleship!" tends to get used as a Stock Shout-Out in all sorts of places.

The film:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The aliens as a peaceful expedition. They repeatedly avoid harming non-threatening humans and only fire when fired upon, which raises the possibility that they were not invaders or scouting for an attack but peaceful, and twitchy humans botched first contact.
    • Alex as an arrogant screwup that got lucky throughout the film. That this fits well with his early film portrayal makes it even easier.
  • Critical Research Failure: The use of Fortunate Son, a explicitly anti-war Vietnam era song, in a very military centric movie. Notable record producer Rick Rubin, as music supervisor, really should've known better.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Thunder!
  • HSQ: Everything on this movie is big!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The warwheels are the only interesting "characters" in the movie.
  • Fridge Horror: So yeah, the day is saved, but think about it. This is an organized military invading Earth, that lost its means of communication. Sooner or later search and rescue parties are going to be sent, and as soon as they get word out about us...
  • Fridge Logic: Wait, how did they get the Missouri fueled, loaded, and generally back into fighting condition in only a few hours?
    • It was noted that she had enough fuel onboard for a short cruise and the shells were probably already onboard for museum purposes. The powder and the fact that the shells were still armed, however...
      • Supposedly, the Navy only allowed the four Iowa-class battleships (Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri, and Wisconsin) to be used as museum ships on the condition that they be kept somewhat combat-ready. As anyone who has visited any of these ships can tell you, the main battery turrets, ammo hoists, magazines, and most of the engineering spaces remain off-limits to visitors. So it could be plausible, unlike most of the movie.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Battleship notably made over $200 million overseas before opening in the US. While the film was largely ignored in America, European markets such as the UK helped it make four times more overseas than it did in the US. This might be because the movie had an Audience-Alienating Premise for Americans: it was based on a board game, and the sheer absurdity of making a movie out of a plotless toy made Americans turn away in droves before it even came out. Outside of the USA, the original "Battleship" board game is either unknown or is known by a different name, so overseas audiences were more easily able to view the movie at face value.
  • Narm:
    • Is this the first time that a movie's very existence, even on the most basic conceptual level, been so narmy?
    • The scene with the veterans stepping up to help prepare and launch the Missouri again, especially when aged veterans in an ancient ship dramatically outperform modern vessels against the aliens. Goes straight into Narm Charm for some.
    • "Mahalo motha—CENSORED DUE TO PG-13 RATING.
  • Narm Charm: Don't take it too seriously and you might just have some fun
  • Nightmare Fuel: The shots of the interior of the Samson taking on water after being hit by the aliens' weaponry, which includes sailors yelling for help as the compartments they're in start to fill up.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Liam Neeson's Irish creeps in, especially when he's telling off the Secretary of Defense.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Seems to be the consensus amongst those who didn't find it as bad as it could be.
  • Spiritual Licensee: A Rock Beats Laser maritime battle complete with discredited captain and unlikely crew? It's Down Periscope but Darker and Edgier!
  • Tear Jerker: Stone's death. Made even worse when you remember that the last thing Alex said to him was "I'm sorry I let you down." And the last shot of him is standing on the ship's deck, scanning the seas for Alex.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Some of the same people who worked on Transformersnote  worked on the special effects in this film and it shows.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: Even though her acting was fairly decent, why the hell was Rihanna in this film? (Answer: The director saw an interview and her hosting of SNL and was sufficiently impressed.)